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How to Make Your Own Skoolie Floor Plan

How to Make Your Own Skoolie Floor Plan

Design a skoolie floorplan

Are you anything like me and as soon as you get your school bus home, you can’t wait to design the floor plan? Coming up with your Skoolie floor plan does not have to be a daunting task. Follow these steps to design your Skoolie floor plan within a few hours.

Before Designing Your Skoolie Floor Plan…

Make sure you have removed your bus seats.

Check out this post for a Beginners Guide to Converting Your School Bus

If you are raising the roof or tearing out the ceiling, this needs to be completed.

Removing the walls and replacing insulation could also get done before your Skoolie floor plan. Now, if you are putting insulation on top of the existing walls, you can do this after you design your floor plan.

The First Step

Think about these questions…

Where are you going to place the bathroom? What side of the bus do you want to put the kitchen? I always like the kitchen to be on the side with the door. This way when I am washing dishes, I can see what is going on in our campsite. Do you want a table in your school bus conversion? If so, what side of the bus do you want to put it? Is the table going to convert into a bed?

Which way do you want your bed to face? Do you want a cabinet on each side of the bed or are you going to save space and crawl over your partner to get out of bed? Do you want a desk area? How many bunks are needed in your bus?

Step Two

Imagine Yourself Living/Traveling in Your Bus

Think about what you want in the back of the bus and move forward. Are there certain pieces of furniture that you have to move into your bus? Do you have a hobby that requires you to have designated storage or a dedicated area? If a family member has a special need, how are you going to accommodate for their need?

The point of envisioning yourself in your bus is to think about how you would live, play, and work in your bus. Be honest with yourself! What are the things you can’t live without. Be creative! This is going to be your HOME or HOME away from HOME, so make sure you are really comfortable with your design.

skoolie floor plan

The Third Step

Decide on What Tool You are Going to Use to Design Your Skoolie Floor Plan

I have not personally tried any design programs. My personal favorite is graph paper and pencil. I make each square represent 12 inches. Then, I draw a rectangle on the paper with the correct dimensions of my bus.

Your Fourth Step

Design Your Skoolie Floor Plan

After drawing my rectangle according to scale, I place the wheel wells in the bus.

Then, I place the bathroom. Jeff has been known to take a bucket and sit on it then measure exactly how much space he will need in the bathroom. He reminds me over and over, “You will not want to hit your knees on a cabinet when sitting down or your butt on it when pulling up your pants.”

Next, I start at the back of the bus and add all areas.

Often, when I am finished with the first floor plan/blueprint, I have to make another one.  Maybe the couch would fit better on the other side of the bus. I might move the table or the closets.

Sometimes, it takes me 3 or 4 designs before I am completely satisfied with the floor plan.

layout for school bus conversion

The Last Step

Layout your Floor plan on the Bus Floor

Here’s the fun part! Get some blue painters tape and mark off the floor plan on the bus floor.

Tip: When placing items in your bus, keep in mind weight distribution.

Wow, what do you think? Do you need to adjust your floor plan?

Do you want to show-off your school bus conversion floor plan? Include a link to your floor plan in the comments below. Tell me what tool you chose to design your floor plan.


  • Kendra
    Posted at 00:45h, 13 February Reply

    Where did you get the flooring in the picture? Is it vinyl or laminate?

  • suzanne
    Posted at 23:55h, 05 December Reply

    I bought our shuttle van this afternoon, and my biggest concern is how to bolt down hubby’s hospital bed.

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 13:28h, 11 December Reply

      Yay! Congratulations!! We put a hospital bed in our bus for our daughter. We secured the metal frame to wood studs and also attached it to the studs on the wall.

  • Jerry & Molly
    Posted at 06:11h, 13 December Reply

    My wife and I are still in the looking stage. Just trying to decide
    how big to go, How old or New of a bus. (I’m leaning to the late 50’s or early 60’s with a more modern driveline and she wants 90’s to early 2000) and how fancy or utilitarian.

  • Grace
    Posted at 04:03h, 02 January Reply

    I have been searching for approximate dimensions of the interior floor space to help with the brainstorming process (i haven’t gotten my bus yet) but i can’t find anything!

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 23:55h, 04 January Reply

      Hi Grace, It really depends on the size of bus that you purchase. I have a few floor plans on my Pinterest board if you need some inspiration.

  • Victor Viland
    Posted at 22:39h, 17 February Reply

    You need to remind people to look for a bus with storage bays underneath. It is expensive and time consuming to try and mount aftermarket storage boxes to the bus.

  • Seth
    Posted at 01:30h, 11 March Reply

    Hey, thank you for making so much information readily available. I’m just wondering when you park your bus in a location is there a way you suggest leveling out the bus so its not sitting at angles. Sorry if this is a basic question but I can’t find any good info on it.

  • Taylor
    Posted at 07:50h, 18 June Reply

    Is your facebook page still up? It says it’s not available.

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 01:43h, 05 August Reply

      Yes, our FB page is still available.

      • Summer Lanaye Agnew-Garcia
        Posted at 20:44h, 16 November Reply

        still showing not available

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